What's hot: Fire pit trend blazes through Charlotte, landscapers say

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Fire pits are one of hottest outdoor living trends of 2014, giving a campfire feel with finished flair. (Photo courtesy of Island Creek Landscape)

Fire pits, patios and seating walls are hot items in landscaping across Charlotte, as homeowners choose outdoor living features that require less maintenance.

Simple landscaping tips to spruce up any lawn

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There's no bad time to start a landscaping project as long as your design plans are in place, says Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christine B. of Columbus, Ohio)
There's no bad time to start a landscaping project as long as your design plans are in place, says Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christine B. of Columbus, Ohio)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Marta Carlson of Professional Grounds about simple landscaping tips to spruce up any area of your yard.

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

5 home improvement projects to tackle this fall and winter

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During the fall and early winter, homeowners can identify which windows allow drafts and replace them before the chill sets in. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
During the fall and early winter, homeowners can identify which windows allow drafts and replace them before the chill sets in. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Many homeowners start home projects during the spring, but some projects are better left for fall and winter seasons when the weather gets a little colder.

Lawn Treatment

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

Ask Angie: What’s the best way to reseed a lawn?

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If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)
If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)

It takes more than just tossing around some grass seed and hoping for the best to transform thin, patchy turf into a lush green lawn. Follow these expert tips.

3 easy midsummer landscaping ideas

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AFTER: DIY projects can enliven a tired yard. But a professional project can really transform. (Photos courtesy of Erik V. of Sherwood, Oregon)
AFTER: DIY projects can enliven a tired yard. But a professional project can really transform. (Photos courtesy of Erik V. of Sherwood, Oregon)

Having a midsummer’s dream of better landscaping? Try these three easy do-it-yourself spruce-ups. Not into DIY? Here how to match the right pro to your project.

How much does it cost to fertilize your yard?

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Lawn care experts recommend investing in fertilizer to  help your lawn achieve a healthy, green look. (Photo by Melissa Wagner)
Lawn care experts recommend investing in fertilizer to help your lawn achieve a healthy, green look. (Photo by Melissa Wagner)

Want to now the secret to a lush, healthy lawn? Lawn and landscape experts say it's how often the lawn is treated with fertilizer and a weed control product.

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Landscape Lighting

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

3 ways landscaping can do more than boost curb appeal

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There are a variety of ways you can selectively plant, pot, light and landscape your lawn to boost home security and personal comfort. (Photo courtesy of Andy M. of Austin, Texas)
There are a variety of ways you can selectively plant, pot, light and landscape your lawn to boost home security and personal comfort. (Photo courtesy of Andy M. of Austin, Texas)

Let landscaping help you repel intruders. Learn what plants can help deter burglars and bugs. Find out if your lawn's slope, or grade, could cause water damage.

Outdoor lighting tips to add beauty and safety to your landscape

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Outdoor lighting can be more than a safety measure. Your lighting designer can help you accent features around your home, as well, says Redmond. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Alice S. of Allentown, Pennsylvania)
Outdoor lighting can be more than a safety measure. Your lighting designer can help you accent features around your home, as well, says Redmond. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Alice S. of Allentown, Pennsylvania)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Ralph Redmond of Indiana Outdoor Lighting about how to spruce up your landscape with lighting.

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Lawn Mower Repair

Repair or replace: Is it time to buy a new lawn mower?

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Routine mower maintenace will prevent many common repairs. (Photo by Katie Jacewicz)

Experts in lawn mower maintenance say there’s a fix for common issues, but major problems often cost more to repair than buying a new lawn mower.

Don’t lose a limb! Chainsaw safety tips you need to know

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Always wear protective gear, including gloves, helmet and goggles, when operating a chainsaw. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)
Always wear protective gear, including gloves, helmet and goggles, when operating a chainsaw. (Photo by Steve C. Mitchell)

When operating a chainsaw, be sure to follow best safety practices by wearing protective gear, clearing the cutting area, and avoiding the kickback zone.

Got gas? 4 tips for fueling lawn mowers and landscaping tools

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Most lawn mowers run on regular gasoline. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael L. of Manassas, Va.)
Most lawn mowers run on regular gasoline. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael L. of Manassas, Va.)

Some lawn mowers and landscaping tools run on straight gasoline, while others require a blend of both. Get tips to ensure you gas-powered tools run smoothly.

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Leaf Removal Service

Should you rake leaves or leave them?

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Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)
Don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't one you want to hire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Doug F. of Carmel)

To rake or not to rake? That's the question come fall. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to rake leaves yourself or hire some help.

Why hire a lawn care company for leaf removal?

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Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)
Hiring a lawn care company to remove leaves can be especially helpful on properties with several trees. (Photo courtesy of David Molinaro of Charlotte, N. C.)

Consider hiring a lawn care company for leaf removal if you have trouble raking leaves in your large yard. Learn how much it costs to hire for leaf removal.

Hire landscaping pros for leaf removal

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A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)
A shallow collection of dried leaves on the lawn is usually not damaging to grass. (Photo courtesy of Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp)

Save time and avoid aches and pains by hiring a professional to clean up your landscape by removing leaves and lawn debris.

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Landscape Mulch Delivery

Webster landscaper revives dead lawn

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Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)
Chinch bugs and drought destroyed almost all of Mary Brunder's front yard. (Photos courtesy of Mary Brunder)

Homeowner praises Trademark Landscape, a highly rated Houston-area landscaping company, for reviving her lawn that was damaged during the drought of 2012.

Give your yard a mulch makeover

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Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.
Handyman Tim Anderson uses a wheelbarrow to dump mulch.

Have you ever wondered what is in mulch, or how much mulch to buy? Angie's List spoke to McCarty Mulch & Stone of Indianapolis about the different types of mulch, avoiding the mulch volcano and whether you should buy mulch by the bag or the yard.

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Roto Tilling Service

Rototilling nourishes spring gardens

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A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.
A rototiller is an efficient tool for starting a new garden.

Rototilling is a great way to prepare gardens and flower beds for spring planting.

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Tree Service

Decaying tree falls, traps suburban Chicago woman

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Know the signs of when it's best to remove dead or diseased trees. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marion M. of Hopedale, Mass.)
Know the signs of when it's best to remove dead or diseased trees. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Marion M. of Hopedale, Mass.)

A Wilmette woman escaped with minor injuries after a massive diseased tree fell over on her and her dog. Here's how to spot diseased trees in your own yard.

Stumped? What to expect when you need a tree removed in D.C.

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Dead tree waiting for removal in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Deciding how and when to remove a dead tree from your D.C. lawn often requires help from a professional. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Tree removal in Washington, D.C., can be an expensive service, with tree cutting costs varying based on size and location. Here's what you can expect to pay.

Helpful tips for pruning your trees

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Using a qualified arborist for larger/higher up pruning projects is generally the safe and responsible way to go, says Hogan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Andrea C. of Washington)
Using a qualified arborist for larger/higher up pruning projects is generally the safe and responsible way to go, says Hogan. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Andrea C. of Washington)

Pruning is necessary for yard maintenance, but if you go a little too far, the consequences could be disastrous. Learn how to properly prune for great results.

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Greenhouses

3 tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden for Mid-Atlantic, D.C. native gardens

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National Garden in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The National Garden showcases local plants and flowers to inspire residents to choose native vegetation for their own landscaping projects. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The U.S. Botanic Garden provides Washington-area residents with a local garden that showcases the best regional and native plants for D.C. in their own habitat.

Sample Washington neighborhoods at a year-round D.C. farmers market

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Eastern Market D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
Eastern Market in Capitol Hill is open year-round and offers crafts as well as seasonal produce. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Year-round farmers markets keep D.C.

Add flair to holiday decorating with orchids

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The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)
The cattleya is like a corsage waiting to be worn. (Photo by Ellen Goff)

Once exclusive high-priced plants, orchids are popular for holiday decorating and are now affordable for even the most casual flower enthusiast.

Get to know your garden center’s return policy

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The highly rated Country Harmony Garden Center in Brownsburg guarantees plantings by its crew for one year. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
The highly rated Country Harmony Garden Center in Brownsburg guarantees plantings by its crew for one year. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

The Indianapolis-based Angie's List gardening expert, known as the Hoosier Gardener, shares why you should find out what your local nursery will guarantee before you buy.

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Lakefront Landscaper

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

3 tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden for Mid-Atlantic, D.C. native gardens

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National Garden in D.C. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
The National Garden showcases local plants and flowers to inspire residents to choose native vegetation for their own landscaping projects. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

The U.S. Botanic Garden provides Washington-area residents with a local garden that showcases the best regional and native plants for D.C. in their own habitat.

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Land Surveyor

Why land surveys are crucial for home buyers

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A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)
A land survey clearly identifies property boundaries, which can help prevent future headaches such as property line disputes. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Steven B. of Concord, N.C.)

Land surveys can help property buyers avoid future headaches such as boundary disputes. A highly rated Alabama-based land surveyor provider explains how.

Fall planting tips for the Southwest

Jacqueline Soule, who writes about gardening in the Southwest for Angie’s List, explains why fall planting is crucial for better plant growth.

Is surveying your property worth the cost?

Don't trust fences or estimates. Before you buy or build, hire a land surveyor to make sure your property is properly measured.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Service

Grass in Chicago's Grant Park fields destroyed after Lollapalooza rains

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Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)
Weekend rains in Chicago and hundreds of thousands of people in Grant Park during 2014's Lollapalooza led to a massive lawn damage. (Photo by Nick Simonite, courtesy of Lollapalooza)

The Chicago Park District will replace dozens of acres of grass after 300,000 concert-goers and occasional rain showers combined to tear up the park's turf.

Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends

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Outdoor Images Management worked with the Carolina Panthers on landscaping during this summer's stadium renovation. (Photo by Courtney St. Onge)

Charlotte landscaper Outdoor Images Management designed the NFL stadium's new green space. They often landscape homes in Charlotte and shared 3 recent backyard trends.

What to know before landscaping your Chicago parkway flower bed

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Chicago parkway designs like this hedge require the approval of the city. (Photo courtesy of Cityscape Landscape)
Chicago parkway designs like this hedge require the approval of the city. (Photo courtesy of Cityscape Landscape)

Before digging into parkway planting, a Chicago landscaper explains the city's process, street planting tips and why Chicago plants in parkways come with a "Buyer Beware" caveat.

Ask Angie: What’s the best way to reseed a lawn?

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If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)
If you have a large area you want to reseed, consider aerating first. (Photo courtesy of Pamela W. of Richmond, Virginia)

It takes more than just tossing around some grass seed and hoping for the best to transform thin, patchy turf into a lush green lawn. Follow these expert tips.

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Fountain Installer

Adding fountains, ponds and waterfalls to your backyard

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Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)
Flowing water creates a welcoming entrance at a Hilton Head home. (Photo courtesy of Island Environments)

The sound and movement of water is transforming, especially in the garden. Angie's List contractors discuss home water features that can liven up your yard, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls.

Winterize your ponds and fountains

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©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.
©iStockphoto.com | Be sure to leave an open space in ponds and water gardens where fish can get oxygen.

Jo Ellen Myers Sharp, the Hoosier Gardener, gives advice on how to winterize water features in the yard. Preparing features such as water gardens, ponds, waterfalls for winter helps avoid damage from freezing and thawing water.

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Contractors say homeowners with this trait are the most satisfied with home improvment projects.

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Lawn Irrigation

How much does it cost to install a sprinkler system?

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Sprinkler systems can boost curb appeal by keeping grass healthy and lush. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Peter S. of Ridgeland, Miss.)

Do you spend too much time watering your lawn? Get tips and find out how much it costs to install a professional irrigation system on your property.

Growing grass in Florida? Water restrictions claim formerly lush lawns

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This Tampa-area lawn required a complete replacement with new sod. (Photo courtesy of member Scott O. of Clearwater, Fla.)

Healthy turf in Florida requires water and TLC to prevent dying grass. Drought-induced water restrictions make yards with no grass less expensive than lawns.

Stop watering the driveway! 8 ways to fine-tune your irrigation system

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Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)
Installing and setting irrigation systems based on plant needs conserves water. (Photo courtesy of John Taylor)

How to fine-tune your lawn irrigation system to keep plants and grass thriving, and conserve water through proper watering techniques

Winterize your lawn irrigation system to avoid spring headaches

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A properly working sprinkler system will nourish the lawn. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Curtis)
A properly working sprinkler system will nourish the lawn. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Curtis)

If you’ve invested thousands of dollars in a lawn irrigation system, you need to take action now to keep from having to spend hundreds or thousands more next year.

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Paving Contractor

What's hot: Fire pit trend blazes through Charlotte, landscapers say

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Fire pits are one of hottest outdoor living trends of 2014, giving a campfire feel with finished flair. (Photo courtesy of Island Creek Landscape)

Fire pits, patios and seating walls are hot items in landscaping across Charlotte, as homeowners choose outdoor living features that require less maintenance.

Simple landscaping tips to spruce up any lawn

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There's no bad time to start a landscaping project as long as your design plans are in place, says Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christine B. of Columbus, Ohio)
There's no bad time to start a landscaping project as long as your design plans are in place, says Carlson. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Christine B. of Columbus, Ohio)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Marta Carlson of Professional Grounds about simple landscaping tips to spruce up any area of your yard.

Smart landscaping tips that can increase home value

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Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)
Cost effective landscaping upgrades include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools and ponds, says Sadree. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Julie M. of King George, Virginia)

Landscaping requires constant maintenance, but it can also save you money. Follow these tips to invest in a beautiful yard to bring lasting value to your home.

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